Artists

The following artists will compete in the 2018 Paint Grand Traverse masters competition. Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, August 18 at Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City, where the week's works will also be available for purchase.


Harbor Springs, MI

Kurt Brian Anderson was raised in Motown during the 60's which greatly influenced his love of the Arts. Later, while immersed in a full time career in medicine, raising a family and running an organic farm, he set sail on a self guided journey to rekindle his creative spirit through painting.

Santa Fe, NM

Joe Anna Arnett graduated from the University of Texas, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  She moved to New York and became a Senior Art Director for Young & Rubicam Advertising working on such accounts as Merrill Lynch and People Magazine.  In New York, she continued her studies in fin

Shenandoah, TX

Suzie Baker is an award-winning artist whose paintings have been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air, and Southwest Art Magazines. She has been named “Three to Watch” by both Southwest Art and Fine Art Connoisseur.

Petoskey, MI

Over the past almost twenty years, Kevin Barton of Petoskey has become one of northern Michigan’s most well-collected artists with paintings hanging in collections across the nation.  In addition to winning numerous awards and accolades, including the Manoogian Museum’s Gold Medal Award, Signatur

Durango, CO

Carrying on the great traditions of representational oil painting and passing that torch to her students are Lyn’s two great passions in life.  She is an award winning plein air and studio oil painter with works that hang in private collections across the United States.

Elk Rapids, MI

Bio coming soon!

Rockport, MA

John Caggiano was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he studied pre-engineering at Brooklyn Technical High School. He received a BA degree from Brooklyn College and an MFA from Pratt Institute, both with honors.

Hendersonville, NC

Gary Cooley was born and raised in rural southeastern Michigan, and studied  illustration and painting at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.

Suttons Bay, MI

An honor graduate from Kendall College of Art and Design, Jim DeWildt has been working as a professional illustrator and graphic designer for more than 45 years.

Lake Leelanau, MI

In 2006 Jane took her first pastel class, and from that time on has painted primarily in pastel.

Cedar, MI

My interest in art began while I was a young child as I watched my father draw. He nurtured my interest in painting by finding me a teacher and supporting my progress along the way. I continued my interest in art and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts studying art and photography in the 70’s.

Portland, OR

Aimee Erickson (b. 1967, Paris) is an oil painter living in Portland, Oregon. She was trained as an illustrator and has developed a warm, inviting pictorial voice grounded in traditional realism, informed by the principles of design, and inspired by nature and human experience.

Traverse City, MI

Lori Feldpausch's art has been a lifetime journey, which has included 14 years of working on murals for large hotels, such as The Plaza in New York (4 years, 18 murals) Palm Beach Breakers hotel (Venetian ballroom), Greenbrier (restoration) and many others.

Bridgeport Township, MI

Brian Goff is an emerging oil paint artist and lifelong Michigan native.  Growing up on a small apple orchard ingrained in him the impacts of changing seasons, a garden’s bounty, and friendly neighbors.  The country road landscapes he traversed in his youth he now sees in terms of sublime shadows

Ralston, NE

Ralston, Nebraska artist Debra Joy Groesser is best known for her impressionistic landscape paintings, particularly her plein air work.  Debra is the CEO/President and a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society, a Master Signature member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, a Signature me

Eastport, MI

Born and raised in Iowa, Margie grew up between the Mississippi and Wapsipinnicon Rivers, where she developed a strong love for nature. Saturday mornings were usually spent at the art museum in Davenport, where she happily took part in art classes.

St. Joseph, MI

Kristin is an award winning contemporary impressionistic painter and instructor. The St. Joseph, Michigan native captures the “essence of life in the moment” with brushstrokes of color.

Lexington, KY

Kathleen B. Hudson emphasizes dynamic light and atmospherics in her work. She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and a member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA.

Comstock Park, MI

Kathleen Kalinowski is known for her representational landscape paintings filled with impressionistic color and brushwork. Much of her work consists of plein air painting, directly from nature, a source of reference for larger studio paintings.

Charlevoix, MI

Cal Kemppainen started painting at age of 12. His love of nature has drawn him to landscape and wildlife painting. Plein-air painting has always been a natural extension of his life’s work.

Bloomington, IN

Troy Kilgore is from Bloomington, Indiana. He has been painting in oils for 15 years, and his experience shows in his ability to use generous amounts of color while still maintaining beautiful color harmonies.

Fayetteville, AR and Pentwater, MI

Janet “Cedar” Kindy is an artist skilled in watercolor, gouache, and oils, whose paintings shimmer with light and color.

Lake Leelanau, MI

An accomplished architect, Koehler discovered his passion for oil painting in recent years. He prefers to paint en plein air in order to capture the essence of landscape. Koehler breaks a scene into simplified, abstracted lines, shapes, and planes.

Boyne Falls, MI

T.J. enjoys painting in an 1874 family home beneath Boyne Mountain Resort. He hunts, fishes in the Pigeon River Forest, and kayaks the nearby Sturgeon.

Kansas City, MO

A nationally recognized artist, Susan Lynn's paintings are frequently described as luminous and serene.

Midland, MI

Michigan artist, Alan Maciag (b.1950), is a 1974 graduate of Central Michigan University with a Masters Degree in Art Education.  He has retired after teaching art for the last thirty-two years in the Frankenmuth School District.

Wilmington, OH

Chuck Marshall (Charles W. Marshall, Jr.) was born in Wilmington, Ohio, on December 7, 1957. The small town of New Antioch, about 7 miles outside of Wilmington, became home to Chuck, his one brother, five sisters, mother and father.

Ned Mueller is an accomplished and highly respected artist, having been drawing and painting for over 65 years. He is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles where, as a student, he also taught drawing classes.

Chicago, IL

Kathleen Newman, IAPS/MC, PSA, AIS, CPP, TWSA, ASMA, combines a sense of focused observation and sensitive interpretation in her award winning pastel and oil paintings, specializing in harbor settings, landscape and urban living.

Livonia, MI

Robert Perrish is an award-winning designer, sculptor and painter whose love of nature is evident in everything he creates. This was first expressed through wildlife painting and sculpture, and has since evolved into an interest in representational landscapes.

Harbor Springs, MI

Elizabeth Pollie’s personal art history extends back decades. Art as a path, a language and a personal frontier has been present from the time of her childhood. Her parents exposed her to the arts as a child and encouraged her to follow her interests.

Kewadin, MI

Louise won her first art competition at the tender age of 14 when her teacher secretly submitted an acrylic monochromeof a master painting. She won her first ribbon! That early success set her on a journey that continues today.

Traverse City, MI

Barbara Reich is a nationally recognized artist specializing in soft pastel, a medium that is very exciting and beautifully complex.

Swampscott, MA

Mark Shasha is an award-winning American artist, author, educator and actor. His work has appeared in museums, galleries and dozens of publications around the world for more than 30 years. His books have been read by millions.*

Traverse City, MI

Justin finds inspiration in the landscape, and he especially interested in the interaction between the built environment and its geography, trees and plants, and in the quality of light and color unique to each location.  In his paintings, trees, buildings, telephone poles, plants and geography a

Traverse City, MI

Colleen often travels and paints en plein air. Through painting in the landscape she finds a stronger sense of the world we live in and a way to translate and soak up the surroundings she embodies.

Northbrook, IL

A painter of tonalist landscapes, Brian Sindler received his art training in Chicago at the American Academy of Art and the French-style atelier School of Representational Art.  A former musician, Brian did not take up painting until his early thirties.  Since then, his emotive tonal landscape pa

Union City, IN

Carol Strock Wasson a signature member of American Women Artists, Pastel Society of America and a Master member of Chicago Pastel Painters. She is devoted to plein air painting and is always venturing forth into new areas with pastel or oil.

Kettle Moraine, WI

Oil painter Bill Suys is a Signature Member of both the Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America whose greatest joy in life is standing behind his easel, indoors or out, with a brush in his hand.

Traverse City, MI

Adam VanHouten strives to create artworks in glowing layers of color and cultivating the artist within.

Saline, MI

Whatever she paints, Wagner’s primary focus is always “the light” and how it affects the landscape, seascape or cityscape scene she is trying to capture. Working in pastel and oil, she approaches her paintings as a sculptor would, carving out nuances of light and shadow.

Viroqua, WI

Kathie Wheeler was born and raised in the Chicago area, and grew up drawing and painting with her father. She studied drawing and painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and went on to do freelance commercial and portrait work in the Chicago.

Washington, MI

Michigan artist, Sharon Will, got her start in the arts through working in advertising after studying at Macomb Community Colleges Graphic and Commercial Art program.  Several years were spent in graphics, illustration, and freelancing before breaking from advertising, all the while studying pain

Bear Lake, MI and Cape Coral, FL

Sheila Wissner is a watercolor artist who splits her time between Michigan and Florida where she focuses her artistic efforts primarily on plein air painting.